Hey fellow Nashville-area Cat fans! Need a(nother) good reason to wear your Kentucky shirt, drink in public, and yell at Tennessee fans? I’ve got just the event for you.
Next Thursday, August 25th, the Southeastern Young Alumni Charitable Foundation (SEYA) is throwing their annual SEC Football Kickoff Block Party on Pine Street in the Gulch. The event runs from 5 p.m. til 10 p.m., with all proceeds benefiting the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital. This year, the block party will include the first annual People’s Choice Barbecue Contest, in which some of Nashville’s finest barbecue restaurants will compete for the grand prize.
I had a chance to talk to Craig Carlson, the President of the SEYA, who just so happens to be a UK graduate and huge KSR fan. He had a lot of good things to say about the event, which he hopes will be dominated by Kentucky fans. With so many fans of different SEC schools in one city, Craig made the argument that Nashville is the “capital of the SEC.” I believe it. Try to find a TV to watch the UK game on at Sam’s Sports Bar on a Saturday in the fall…you’ll fight a fan from just about every SEC school. I’ve got the scars to prove it.
Over the past few years, Nashville has almost become a second home to Kentucky fans. With the UK vs. Western football game coming up in a few weeks, the Vandy/UK football game in November, and the College Gameday crew visiting for the Vandy/UK basketball game in February, not to mention the numerous SEC tournaments scheduled here over the next decade, it’s never been better to be a Cat fan in the city. With all the UK car flags, bumper stickers, and blue-clad fans on the streets, suddenly Tennessee doesn’t seem like hostile territory anymore.
So, put on your blue and join your brethren next Thursday for a night of beer, barbecue, and bourbon. Plus, Clay Travis will be there. And we can yell at him. Won’t that be fun?
For more information, check out the event’s Facebook page. Tickets are $15, which gets you two drink tickets and the opportunity to taste a dish from each featured barbecue vendor; you can buy them here or at the door. See you there.